National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month & National Caregivers’ Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.  5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million caregivers are providing their care.  Alzheimer’s is a brain disease with no cure that is eventually fatal.  The number one risk factor is age.  1 in 9 Americans will develop Alzheimer’s past the age of 65 and 1 in 3 will have Alzheimer’s disease by age 85.  70% of all cases of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s is currently the 6th leading cause of death is the US.

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day in the US, a “silver tsunami” is headed for our shores

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in our country, costing the federal government $150 billion each year for patient care.

Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a woman past the age of 60 is twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as breast cancer.  2/3 of Alzheimer’s patients are women and 63% of caregivers are female.

The statistics are stark but there is hope!

Record numbers of cure and prevention clinical trials are underway.  The U.S. adopted a National Alzheimer’s Plan in 2010 and research funding continues to increase.

Alzheimer’s is a huge productivity issue for American business and industry

Alzheimer’s disease costs businesses $61 billion per year.  81% of caregivers under the age of 65 are employed.  55% of primary caregivers are caring for aging parents.  Family caregivers provide $220 billion in unpaid care annually.  The stress of balancing work and family for Alzheimer’s caregivers can be overwhelming. 74% of caregivers report being somewhat to very concerned about maintaining their own health.

Resources are available in your community

The Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Visit alz.org/co and follow the “In My Area” tab to find educational classes and support groups.  A 24/7 helpline is available at 800.272.3900.  All services are provided at no cost to families living with Alzheimer’s disease.

During November, make a point of learning more about this heartbreaking and costly disease.  Investigate workplace and community resources.  And if you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver, reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association for help in learning to take care of yourself, not just during Caregiver Awareness month but every day of every month.  Caring for yourself is the key to achieving the best quality of life for both you and your loved ones throughout your family’s Alzheimer’s journey.

 

To your health and wellbeing,

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Smile, Happiness is Contagious!

Welcome to the November issue of TotalWellbeing! Later this month we will be celebrating one of the more social holidays of the year, Thanksgiving. Whether you find this time of year relaxing, fun, or even a bit stressful, what better time to discuss Emotional Wellbeing and its connection with your Social Wellbeing.  It’s no mystery that our emotions have a way of influencing our social interactions, but it works both ways; the moods, state of mind, and overall emotional state our social connections can have a direct bearing on your emotional wellbeing, be it good or bad. To explore this relationship more closely please read The Connection, below.

Last month on the MINES blog we saw the last “Bridging the Gap” of 2014. This post helped recap everything we’ve been up to this last quarter, and previewed a bit of what you can expect for the rest of 2014 coming from the MINES team. So head over and check that out if you’ve missed anything or just need a little reminder of all the wellbeing topics covered these last 3 months.

If you are following us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages, you can expect some great resources and enlightening discussions coming up this next month, so stay tuned and let us know what you think.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

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The Connection:

Emotional & Social Wellbeing

Emotional and Social Wellbeing tie together in countless ways. For the sake of this connection we will focus on the ways social influence impacts emotions, and in turn emotions affect your social interactions. It is important to be mindful of how our emotions affect those around us or even if our emotions are keeping us from connecting on a social level at all. And in turn, always be aware of how those around you are affecting you with their moods because happiness isn’t the only emotion that’s contagious. Another important aspect of this connection is the tendency for the quality of our social life to have direct bearing on our happiness levels. In order to be happy, one needs some level of healthy social interaction. Whether one is extroverted or introverted, combined with a myriad of other factors, will determine optimal levels of social activities for a given individual, but everyone needs at least a little companionship to maintain a healthy balance in life.

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How to Do Emotional Clearing

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Developing social wellness begins early and often starts with the bonding between parent and child. This crucial stage of life is a crucial time in the lives of both parents and children, and can be one of the strongest predictors of mental and emotional wellbeing.To access this tool, click here. Emotional Clearing is the practice of bringing awareness to our mental and emotional compulsions and reactions in order to “heal” them or integrate them. The end state of doing this work is Wholeness which is actually a step beyond enlightenment.To read the full article, click here.
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Bridging the Gap #4

Time flies when you’re having fun, or when you’re busy, or when you hit the snooze button for the 3rd time in the morning; in fact let’s just agree that time flies most of the time. We’re already in the last quarter of the year and I’ve barely gotten used to writing 2014. We’ve seen a lot of ideas, resources, and inspiration come from MINES in the last quarter and to get us all on the same page I bring you 2014’s last edition of “Bridging the Gap.”

Now remember, Bridging the Gap aims to take all the stuff we’ve been talking about this last quarter and bring it full circle and connect it back to your own personal wellbeing, as we continue to paint a broader picture of health. So without further ado, lets to do a recap of what we saw in Quarter 3 of 2014 which included both our next round of wellbeing topics, as well as a slew of ideas coming from our experts here at MINES. As always let’s talk about those wellbeing topics first.

Quarter 3 introduced environmental wellbeing as our new topic and then explored some new connections between some wellbeing topics we have seen in the past. July looked at the connection between physical wellbeing and the newly introduced environmental wellbeing dimensions. It was the middle of summer and we wanted to shed light on how the environmental conditions in both our natural and urban areas impact our physical health and are related in more ways that you may have thought. Next, August is the time of year that most kids start returning to school and will continue to grow both in body and mind, so what better time to explore a new connection between the familiar topics of physical and intellectual wellbeing. We looked at mindfulness techniques and ways the mind can bring balance to the body and how the body can bring peace to the mind through exercise and stress management techniques in order to support this connection. And finally, September focused on environmental and intellectual wellbeing as we brought the quarter to a close. This connection focused on the concept that although we as humans have the ability to shape our environment to an extent, we cannot escape the fact that the environment we live in will inevitably shape at least some features about who we are and how we behave.

Now let’s talk about those blog posts. By now it’s no secret we like to share inspiring and helpful stories as well as helpful resources on our blog, and these last 3 months have been no exception. We saw Dr. Robert Mines talk about “Developmental Stages versus Skills in Leaders by Managerial Hierarchy,” which took a look at a complex issue facing a lot of businesses as newer generations clash with older ones. To follow that up our expert case manager Whitney Stone gave us plenty to think about in her examination of “The Second Question” which put how we align our identities with our profession under the microscope. Next Ryan Lucas, manager of engagement and development, looked at an important healthcare issue in his post “Healthcare is not just about the people who work in Health IT it’s about everyone”. And then finally BizPsych consultant Marcia Kent gave us our regular dose of inspiration with her latest “reframe” which focused on challenging your perceptions and looking at things from a whole new perspective.

To finish off this season of TotalWellbeing we will be looking at the connection between emotional, spiritual, social wellbeing as our final pieces of the wellbeing puzzle for the year. We don’t want to give too much away right now, however, so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

For now just remember to take a moment to breathe, relax, and get ready to finish the year strong. And to make sure you do just that, MINES will continue to support you with helpful resources, inspiring stories, and useful tools to make sure you have what you need to get a running start at 2015. You can also email us at: Communications@minesandassociates.com, and let us know what you like, questions you may have, and what you’d like to see us discuss in the future. See you next time!

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Find balance, become centered, and be happy!

Welcome to the October issue of TotalWellbeing! Halloween is later this month which is a definite reminder that it is fall and as the leaves change color so shall our topics. This month we discuss emotional wellbeing again, but this time looking at the connection with our next all-new topic – Spiritual Wellbeing. This connection is a personal one. We often turn to spirituality for strength, especially when our emotional wellbeing is suffering. We also thank our source of spirituality for when things are going right in our lives. And whether it is religion, our inner selves, human spirit, nature, or wherever else one finds spirituality that we find that pillar of hope for us to rely on in good and bad times. To explore this relationship more closely please read The Connection, below.

Last month on the MINES blog we saw a new post by our HealthPsychology supervisor, Whitney Stone, exploring how our identity is often tied to our profession in the minds of both ourselves and others, and challenged you to break free of these assumptions. Next up was the newest installment of the inspirational reframe series by Marcia Kent, asking you to pause and take a moment to remind yourself to consider how you perceive yourself – your “point of you.”

If you are following us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages, you can expect some great resources and enlightening discussions coming up this next month, so stay tuned and let us know what you think.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

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The Connection:

Emotional & Spiritual Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing and Spiritual Wellbeing both come from within. They are aspects of ourselves that we may not be able to see, but they are very real and we feel them every day of our lives. Emotional Wellbeing can have an effect on our spirituality in that whether we are mad, happy, sad, or scared, we often turn to whatever source of spirituality we choose in order to find meaning and hope.  In turn, spirituality offers an anchor for us to grab hold of when our emotions take over and can calm a panicked mind, offer consolation when things are bleak, or just give us something to thank when your favorite football team wins. When things are bad, however, it is often the spiritual side of ourselves that we begin to question, as if our spirituality has failed us. But it is important that we keep in mind that spirituality comes from within and is a representation of our own will and personal connection to the world around us, and that we are in control of our emotions. Balance your mind, center your spirit, and your mind will find happiness.

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Take Care of Your Spirit

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When your mind is frazzled and stressed, and your emotions are taking over your thoughts and affecting your everyday activities, it’s time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. Of course focusing on your physical health is crucial, but so is treating your mind and spirit to the same attention. Your happiness goes a long way in protecting your overall wellbeing!To access this tool, click here. Spirituality is many different things for many people. Spirituality can be found in religion, art, other people, as well as within one’s self. Wherever you find your sources of spirituality it is important to nurture those connections in order to experience the benefits spirituality has to offer, be it increased happiness, lower stress, and even better physical health.To read the full article, click here.
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Marcia’s reFrame #6: Take Time to Pause – Expand Your Point of View

Last spring I attended the American Society for Training and Development International Conference in Washington D. C. It was an incredible experience and I felt like a kid in a candy store with so many tempting choices of trainings and interesting seminars to choose from. There was a vendor in the exhibitors hall that truly captivated my attention.  I saw a group of people group engaged in a dyad activity. They were holding cards with provocative and interesting images. Each card had a word on it.  Some of the words and pictures seemed disconnected; other images were un-nerving and made me uncomfortable while some brought a quick, easy smile and a sense of delight. I just knew I wanted to know more about what they were doing with those cards!

I was invited to participate in an exercise with a partner. We each picked a card and were then asked to dialog about what the picture and the word represented. Here is what I came to learn from the “Coaching Game – Point of You.”

Associative playing cards give participants absolute freedom to shape the game as they see fit, thereby encouraging them to develop an independent and creative approach to their lives.

The photos for each card were carefully selected with the sole agenda of presenting the topic using a visual that isn’t normally associated with the topic, in order to optimally-activate our spectrum of thoughts and feelings. The word represents the logical-analytical thinking that was and is still considered a traditionally male mode of thinking, with the left brain being in charge. The photo represents the emotion, creativity, and intuition of our “female” side, led by the right side of the brain. The polar combination between qualities that are considered female and qualities that are considered male, when joined create a harmonious whole.

The photographs directly appeal to our intuitions and feelings, and occasionally even bypass rational thinking, which screens out those things we’d rather keep at a distance. This quality, considered characteristic of images, enables them to evoke reactions that we find hard to express with words – thereby giving them a magical quality. Just like works of art that affect the observer merely by viewing them or dreams we recall in the morning yet find hard to describe in words, we connect with images on an unconscious, emotional level.

As an organizational consultant and an executive coach, I thought the “Coaching Game – Point of You” was a fabulous tool to help clients explore, focus, and take action. I was so enamored that I decided to become certified as a “Point of You” coach as well as a certified “Train the Trainer.” I am part of an international team of participants and will become one of 80 international certified Train the Trainers by spring of 2015. I am so excited about this tool and would love to share it with you. If you have any interest in experiencing it, please let me know. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate fall than to have time for a cup of coffee, take a moment to pause, have a chance to challenge some of our perceptions, and learn about other possible “Points of You!”

Marcia

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‘The Second Question’: Exploring Job Identity

When we meet a new person, the first question we ask is, “What’s your name?”  Something I never consciously picked up on until recently, however, is that the second thing we say to a new person is almost as predictable.

“So, what do you do?”

And there it is: proof that we often form an initial understanding of who someone is largely based on what they’ve chosen as their occupation.  In many ways, this assumption makes sense.  We learn to make a lot of assumptions based on the answer to this question; How much money do you have? What are you interested in? What are your political views? What level of education have you reached?  I can see how asking ‘The Second Question’ early on in the conversation can seem like an efficient way to get a lot of information about who a person is.  “I’m a partner at a law firm,” “I’m a vegan chef,” and “I’m a stay-at-home parent” may each lead to very different conversations.

A potential pitfall here, of course, is that we are making assumptions, which by definition are not always true.  Once we make a judgment or supposition and decide to believe that it is the truth, we may be closing a very important door.  If I’ve already made up my mind about who someone is, I’m a lot less likely to hear anything else they may say to the contrary. I may become blind to the possibility of seeing my new acquaintance as anything other than one-dimensional, and miss an opportunity to know him or her more fully.

This phenomenon also causes me to think about how much of our identities are tied up in what we do for a living.  We answer ‘The Second Question’ with the words “I am,” sometimes allowing the job title that follows to define us.  Taking pride in one’s job, especially when it’s the result of hard work and passion, is certainly a good thing.  The desire for achievement and recognition can motivate people to do amazing, important things.  But it’s no secret that our society is obsessed with financial and professional success, and it’s easy to start to believe that those are the main components by which we should measure our own happiness and value as a human being.  Our jobs are inevitably a part of our identity, after all, we spend a good amount of our lives working, but how big a part is too big?

Life is made up of moving pieces.  Among all the ups and downs, though, we can find stability in a well-rounded identity.   It’s helpful to remember that our value is not wholly reliant on any one job title, relationship, or number.  Take a moment, if you choose, to consider:  How could you answer “The Second Question in a different way?  In addition to your job, what else makes you who you are, and how do you make sure those other parts are being equally nurtured and appreciated?

 

To Your Wellbeing,

The Health Psych Team

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August 29 #HITsm Chat Summary

In case you missed the #HITsm chat last week and wanted to get a summary of the discussion, check out the storify summary below!

Topic were:

#HITsm T1: Knowing that #health is dependent on daily life, how do we design #HealthIT in consideration of the larger, social world?

#HITsm T2: How do we achieve #patientengagement over time considering that a one-off solution can’t fix #health?

#HITsm T3: What game mechanics in #HealthIT are currently being used appropriately? Which are not?

#HITsm T4: What should be made usable by #enterprise #healthIT to ensure the #Human element does not get lost?

#HITsm T5: What design considerations have you seen that work well in #HealthIT / #mHealth?

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To our health,
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Are you a product of your environment, or vise versa?

Welcome to the September issue of TotalWellbeing! Labor Day has passed reminding us that we are officially headed into the autumn months. To start the season off we will examine the relationship between our minds and the world around us. The connection here is subtle but profound. As we navigate the world every day we understand our place within it, but in turn we can use what we learn to either look at the world in a different way or transform it entirely. To explore this relationship more closely please read The Connection, below.

If you were watching the MINES blog last month you would have seen an interesting look at the relationship between developmental stages and leadership skills by Dr. Mines. To follow this up our own Health IT guru Ryan Lucas looked at how it truly takes a village to provide a cohesive healthcare system.

If you are following us on our blog and LinkedIn showcase pages, you can expect some great resources and enlightening discussions coming up this next month, so stay tuned and let us know what you think.

 

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The Connection:

Intellectual & Environmental Wellbeing

Are we a product of our environment or is the environment a product of us? The answer is both. Our environment shapes many things about us. The farther back we go the more influence the environment had over the human race. Our diet, behavior, and methods of survival were all dependent on the environment. As time passed and we developed a more thorough understanding of the world around us, and technological capabilities grew, we started to shift the balance more to our favor. Today, our mind’s perception can alter how we view our environment, and to a greater extent our minds have helped our species shape the world to our liking unlike anything has ever been able to do before. But we must not forget to respect our environment as we will never be totally in control, and must preserve our environment in order to ensure it provides a livable world for generations to come.

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Having a Healthy Relationship… with the Environment

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Do you ever feel less intelligent around other people? Are you embarrassed when you don’t know the answer to a question? Most of us have those times when they just feel like they don’t know anything. Of course, you can’t know everything, but no matter how smart you are, you can start becoming more intelligent today by actively focusing on enhancing the skills that aid intelligence!To access this tool, click here. Humans interact with the environment constantly. These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.To read the full article, click here.

 

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Health inSite: Healthcare is not just about the people who work in HealthIT, it’s about everyone…

This posting was originally published by one of our associates on xchangehealth.wordpress.com

Special thanks to the many influences that have contributed, directly or indirectly, to my questions leading into this #HITsm chat: @leonardkish@ochotex @avantgame @gzicherm@connected_book @paullikeme @robertamines@kellymcgonigal @joepine @hankgreen

Intro

I’ll be moderating the #HITsm chat on August 28th at 10am MDT and wanted to put together a couple of thoughts related to the topic before going into the chat. Maybe you’ll find these useful. Also, feel free to join us if you are interested in the topic. The more the merrier! Toward that end, let’s have a discussion about what we, in #HealthIT can do to make sure that we’re meeting the needs of those who are our end-users.

Considerations should include #EHR & #App design from #Payer, #Provider, #Patient, and #Peer per this posting on #4PHealth.

It’s the convergence of all four P’s (Provider, Payer, Patient, and that Patient’s Peers) that will allow for greater healthcare reach. When the Payer and the Provider are able to engage the Patient’s Peers, then true health generation is possible and the benefits of one’s social network can then be fully leveraged.

People:Person Design

We have historically looked at healthcare (and by extension, #HealthIT) as though it exists outside the “natural” world, or as though health is outside the realm of our social experience. Yet, we know that health is not divergent from our health reality or our everyday lives.

Healthy behavior is not dependent on what payment models, medical technology, or other innovations come about in the healthcare debate.  We know that your friend’s friend has a great impact on what you do – and vice versa.

How do we reconverge these two realities knowing that what we do in our daily lives result in healthcare outcomes? Framed differently, how do we leverage the way we make decisions every day in considering how #HealthIT is designed?

Our health is not our own. We are bound to others, near and far, and by each decision and every sharing of those decisions, we birth our health.

#HITsm T1: Knowing that #health is dependent on daily life, how do we design #HealthIT in consideration of the larger, social world?

Cognitive Bias, Iterative Decision-making, Behavioral Economics, Game-Theory

Considering the depth of our knowledge related to cognitive bias, are we considerate of this branch of psychology in design? Knowing what we know about iterative decision-making (that decisions have to be made in sequence, often after new or different information) how do we prepare adaptive #HealthIT that responds to new information as it becomes available, like it does for Human Beings? For details on Cognitive Bias and Decision-making, see here and here. For Game Theory (including iterative decision-making), see here.  

So what does a salutogenic framework look like?  Mindfulness, resilience, focus on daily health-promoting activities that increase our ability to get healthier, rather than fend off illness.  Of course, a fee-for-service model doesn’t bode well with this concept, so unless you’re enrolled in a highly visionary health promotion healthcare system, you’re probably on your own – for now.  

Antonovsky’s explanation of Salutogenesis was well depicted by a river.  His concern with the current model of health (Pathogenesis) is that it’s generally believed that we are healthy from the beginning but that because of environmental / circumstantial events, we become sick.  Antonovsky expressed this as a river, where all healthy people stand on the bank, safe from the raging river’s flow.  Once one stepped into the river – got sick – then something needed to be done.  Salutogenesis, however, sees all people already in the river; but at different distances from the mouth.

There are some obvious benefits to these advances in Health IT, but one of the things that may not be fully clear yet is the application of Watson to understanding more about human behavior. While Watson can absolutely tell a clinician the likelihood of a set of symptoms’ association with a given disease, I’ll bet Watson can’t tell you how the patients’ family impacts their overall wellbeing through behavior reinforcement. If Watson knew who the patients’ workout buddy was, Watson might be able to help identify with a high confidence whether that workout buddy was a statistically-sound partner in the overall health management of the patient. Further, Watson would be able to weigh in on the evaluation of treatment adherence based on real-time data pouring into the health record for the given individual.  This is the game state evaluation of the health of the individual in a real and meaningful way.  With this, a total and complete understanding of the long-term treatment of chronic conditions (and even more important to the salutogenic framework that I’ve discussed previously in this blog series, total health production) through the understanding of actual human behavior devoid of the clinical separation from reality is the “social human” version of epigenetics that will become more useful in the coming years.  This is where the data comes to life.

#HITsm T2: How do we achieve #patientengagement over time considering that a one-off solution can’t fix #health?

Gamification

A recent post mentioned that Gamification is failing due to a lack of accurately applying the concepts of gamification; in short, supplanting “badges” for increasing levels of difficulty appropriately. If Gamification is going to solve the #engagement problem, why can’t we quite figure this out? Gamification in health, generally, see here.

Whether we admit it or not, it is the promise of the potential emotional pay-off that lures us into working ridiculous hours already. But unlike gaming environments where we are totally immersed, our modern work environments seem contorted — almost criminally — to keep us from feeling blissfully productive. And once we give up hope that epic wins are possible, our careers turn into drudgery.

It takes more than a website to do this – including focus on using the resources available to a company’s natural habitat, the worksite, to engage employees during the 40 hour work week, and more, by creating a story.  As described in the burgeoning world of Alternate Reality Games and Transmedia Storytelling, the ability to tell a cooperative narrative – on and offline – among those with which you work is an opportunity to actively create health, the benchmark of Salutogenesis.  When you have many platforms for engaging in this storytelling, you increase the modes of access to actively engage all employees where they are, rather than forcing them into a platform that they may not be comfortable with, or is not ideal for their way of engaging in their health generating behaviors.

 #HITsm T3: What game mechanics in #HealthIT are currently being used appropriately? Which are not?

Integration with the larger #healthIT world

Specifically looking at the #payer and #provider perspective, how can we ensure that the same #psych principles are being used to ensure adoption of #HealthIT throughout the Healthcare continuum? When we consider #wearables and #IoT, what do we focus on in terms of integration versus simple cataloging?

#HITsm T4: What should be made usable by #enterprise #healthIT to ensure the #Human element does not get lost?

Free-for-all on Design

#HITsm T5: What design considerations have you seen that work well in #HealthIT / #mHealth?

In review:

#HITsm T1: Knowing that #health is dependent on daily life, how do we design #HealthIT in consideration of the larger, social world?

#HITsm T2: How do we achieve #patientengagement over time considering that a one-off solution can’t fix #health?

#HITsm T3: What game mechanics in #HealthIT are currently being used appropriately? Which are not?

#HITsm T4: What should be made usable by #enterprise #healthIT to ensure the #Human element does not get lost?

#HITsm T5: What design considerations have you seen that work well in #HealthIT / #mHealth?

To our health,

Ryan Lucas
Manager, Engagement & Development

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Peace of Mind & Body!

Welcome to the August issue of TotalWellbeing! This time we look at the ever important link between the body and the mind. All too often we think of mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing as a disjointed relationship when in fact the two should be inseparable. Not only are the mind and body dependent on the other, but the wellbeing of one is indisputably affected by the wellbeing of the other. To explore this relationship more closely please read The Connection, below.

Towards the end of July the MINES blog saw a surge of activity. We had a 2 part look into an increasingly important organizational topic, Generational Differences. The first post from our HR specialist Daniel Kimlinger looked at addressing concerns current organizations have particularly as older generations are working more and more with younger workers that have different wants and needs than they do. As a follow up, one of MINES’ Account Managers, Patrick Hiester, discussed the scope and relevant dimensions of the generational gap topic. Then of course we had our monthly dose of inspiration from “Marcia’s reFrame” highlighting the incredible power of having the support of your loved ones behind you.

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer as kids start going back to school and neighborhood pools start to call it a year. But even if the ice cream trucks won’t be coming around for much longer we will still be here to keep you on track with plenty of resources. To stay on top of it all please visit our blog, and follow us on our LinkedIn showcase pages.

To your total wellbeing,

The MINES Team

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The Connection: Intellectual & Physical Wellbeing

Many practices around the world including yoga, meditation, holistic practices, Tai Chi, mindfulness techniques, and many others focus on bringing the mind and body together into harmony. Many dedicate their whole lives to these practices, and rightfully so! The mind/body connection is vital to understanding ourselves and our place in the world. Just having an awareness of this connection is a huge first step in achieving balance and finding lifelong peace and happiness. It’s not all about finding balance though, as some things are out of our control such as certain health issues like injuries or disease. If the mind is not well the body will suffer, and vice versa, and when struck with a disease or injury it can have a compounding effect on both physical and intellectual wellbeing.

Physical Wellbeing

Intellectual Wellbeing

Easy Exercise Tips

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Intellectual Health Tips & Assessment

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Exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways of improving both your physical and mental health. A little regular exercise can ease depression and anxiety, boost energy and mood, and relieve stress. But you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. No matter your age or fitness level, there are lots of enjoyable ways to use physical activity to help you feel better, look better, and enjoy life more!

To access this tool, click here.

Your intellectual health and wellness involves your ability to think clearly and realistically, to have more positive thoughts than negative ones, to be able to pay attention appropriately, to have good short and long term memory, and to value learning over your entire lifetime. To be intellectually healthy, you are involved in activities that increase knowledge, moral reasoning, and mental agility.

To read the full article, click here.

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